Have you ever experienced an annoying ringing sound in your ears after being in a loud environment for an extended time? The feeling is most likely acute tinnitus.
It is very bothersome, but fortunately it is only temporary.
People suffering from chronic tinnitus have to put up with this ringing in their ears constantly. The ringing does come and go but it never goes away completely, and can worsen over time.
There are a few different causes when it comes to chronic tinnitus, but the most common cause is age-related hearing loss. This obviously occurs naturally and there is not much you can do to prevent this.
According to the National Institutes of Health, exposure to loud noises for extended periods can also lead to chronic tinnitus.
Today’s younger generation are most at risk to develop tinnitus because of their exposure to a wide range of audio devices. A report published in 2016, found that 30% of adolescents suffered from chronic tinnitus.
As the age-old saying goes, prevention is better than cure.
The simplest way to prevent chronic and acute tinnitus is to protect your ears from loud noises. You can do this by:
- Wearing specialised ear plugs when you expose yourself to loud noises
- Try avoid going to really noisy concerts
- Try avoid going to football matches, sporting events etc.
- Make sure you listen to music at a reasonable volume
Remember that any sort of ringing you experience in your ears shows that you have sort of damage to your ears and it should serve as a reminder for you to take caution.
Most people suffering from tinnitus also suffer from hearing loss, so hearing aids are often the most common form of treatment. Some play a pleasant, low level sound to drown out the annoyance of the ringing.
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